Re: Washing Machines
I think it's a variety of things... probably an internal water heater rather than hot and cold running water, different aggitation method, less water.
The biggest adjustment for me is that it doesn't take many towels (which we brought from the US) to fill up the washer.
I wash most of our clothes in either cold or 30 degrees, with some things like towels at 60. In the US I never used hot water, mostly warm or cold - and warm would probably be right around 40, hot would be somewhere between 60 and 90 (hot in the US is around 140 degrees F). I do everything on short cycle unless it's like cleaning cloths.
The dryers are interesting. I never realized that a condensation dryer existed till I moved here.